Monday, January 30, 2012

Tabby Tuesday with Yoko

Mom let me do the blog today.  I am a very old lady of 18 and I don't clean my furs as well as I used to but I do like my face and paws looking spiffy.

Gotta get lots of spit on the furs to make them shiny clean. Mom hates the hocking noise I make to get some saliva going but I gotta do what I gotta do.

There, now I am done and I get to sit toasty warm for a nap on my favorite place in the winter  - the heater!  What is your favorite place to nap?

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Photo Hunt with Albert

 Mancat Al here.  I am the KING of  fluff in this house.  Don't I have long gorgeous furs?  I just don't appreciate Mom sneaking up on me while a nap to take my picture with the flashy thing!

OK. Mom.  One shot of my blue eyes and then it is back to my nap!  Happy Saturday ya'll!

Friday, January 20, 2012

National Squirrel Appreciation Day - Jan. 21

They get into our bird feeders and spill all the seeds.   They dig through our seasonal yard  displays and rearrange everything looking for food.  Squirrels can indeed be pest and many people do not like them but...they provide us with lots of amusement since we are indoor cats.  Especially during this dull time in January when nothing much is going on indoors or out, squirrel TV keeps us entertained. 

Squirrel Appreciation Day began in 2001 with a Christy Hargrove, a wildlife rehabber and affiliate of the WNC Nature Center right here  in Asheville, NC.  Today is a day when we should try to be kind to squirrels - leave out food for them, wish them well and be thankful for their amusing antics during the long cold winters.

Some squirrel trivia -

Gray squirrels come in many colors.  Shades of gray are the most common followed by shades of brown. There are also pure white and pure black squirrels, but both are variations of the gray squirrel.The common Red squirrel can have an all black coat.  While the Kaibab squirrel has a black body with a white tail. Both are found in coniferous forests.

During winter storms, or severe cold, the squirrel may not leave the nest for days. But,the tree squirrel does not hibernate!

Yum..I want to catch that squirrel!

An adult squirrel normally lives alone. But will, in severe cold, share its nest with other squirrels to conserve body heat. Once the temperature rises, the guests will be on their way.

Squirrels chew on tree branches to sharpen and clean their teeth. That's why you may see many small branches on the ground around large trees. They will also chew on power lines for the same reason, this has caused many major power outages throughout the country.

The squirrel's erratic path while crossing a street is an attempt to confuse the oncoming vehicle... thereby causing it to change direction. This is obliviously the squirrels biggest, and often last mistake

Happy Squirrel Appreciation Day!  Do you have a squirrel story you would like to share?

Unsolved Chicken Mystery....

Smidge on chicken alert

Smidge here. For some January fun, Ann and the Girls of  Zoolatry came up with an idea - to reveal an unsolved mystery from your home.  Ours involves a chicken.  A few weeks back, Mom posted about a white chicken that showed up in our yard one day but we couldn't figure out where he came from. (To read more on that post click here.)

We live in a very wooded area with about 10 - 15 acres behind us and a pasture across from us.  Where could a chicken have come from?  Mom emailed the local paper about a found chicken and to her surprise they posted on the front page!  Two people emailed her - one wanted the chicken if no one claimed him (wonder if they wanted to eat it?)  and the other lost her chickens when some critter got into her chicken coop but after talking to her Mom found out that she lived 6 miles from us down the road.  A long way for a chicken to walk!

Front page news!

Our neighbors to the west of us, behind our cat house, have a cat named Jack who comes down to visit us on occasion so they certainly would not have chickens.

Cat house with neighbors to the left.

The neighbors across the street do have a small chicken coop but to get to them you have to go down our driveway, across the road, across the pasture and up the mountain to the coop.

The first building across the road on the left is the chicken coop.

The chicken is in our yard in early morning and late afternoon - just about when mom puts food out for the wild birds.  Sometimes he stays for a while during the day but most days he is not around at all.  Mom looks for him everywhere but he is not to be found. Where do you think this chicken comes from?  Is he the escapee from down the road, a fugitive in hiding in our woods or just a wandering fellow from across the way?  Why is he here and where does he go during the day?  Help Mom solve this mystery before she goes nuts!  Any ideas?

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

There is a bill in Congress that will affect your rights on the web and will censor all web sites, blogs, etc.  In a nutshell :

SOPA explicitly states that companies will be liable for everything their users post. Sites like Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Reddit, Wikipedia, or any sites that allow user generated content CANNOT exist under these laws. Immediately after this bill is passed, you will see the media mafia (MPIAA, RIAA, etc) replacing websites like Wikipedia with commercialized encyclopedia software. Mainstream media outlets will not cover this bill because they are the ones lobbying for it.

If you want to know more - Google created a doc to read and inform - SOPA for Dummies.

To help you do this stop by Fight the Wall  or American Censorship and find out how to connect with your Representative!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Movie Monday

Thank you all for the kind comments about Mom's first video adventure.  She will try to take more of them, hopefully featuring one a week.

This is a fun one about the whitesters.  The white cats are all related except for Al.  Lily is the mother of all. She is the kitty in the far left.  Only and Smidge are the other two and are from the same litter.  They are a loving bunch and seem to get along well with each other - which is good considering they are siblings from three litters.  Before meals, they line up like this and  head butt each other. 

If you can't see this video here, then go to YouTube here.

While we have your attention today, we would like to thank Chloe and Cecil  for awarding us the Liebster Award.  Liebster means favorite or beloved in German and we are very grateful and happy to get this and also to pass this on to others.

The rules are simple - link back to the blog who awarded it to us, put the award on your blog, choose 5 other blogs to pass the award on to and to let them know.  Lots of you got this award but we think we found 5 blogs that have not gotten this.  Please do visit them - they are fun blogs about kitties and more....

Cat Tales

Boo-Bahs Little Sunshines

Fraidy Cats

We Love Luna

Lilacs and Cats

Let's do some major head butting today!!!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

National Rubber Ducky Day - Jan 13

Tabitha here.  Mom is trying to do "Stuff on My Cat" again! 

Today is National Rubber Ducky Day! (It is also Friday the 13th but we prefer to celebrate something more fun instead!)

Sweetpea is pretending nothing is there - maybe they will go away!

It all began in 1970 when Jim Henson performed the song “Rubber Duckie” as Ernie on Sesame Street. The rubber duck bath toy has been an iconic American symbol ever since. Rubber ducks have been around since the rise of the rubber industry in the late 1800s, but no one knows their exact origin.

Two Spot thought he could nest with the duckies!

Snowball backed up to keep his distance!

Did you know that in January of 1992, a shipment of 29,000 rubber duckies fell off a cargo ship in the Pacific Ocean? By 2007, the “Friendly Floatees” had traveled 17,000 miles around the world on the ocean currents. Some are still afloat today! Over the years, people reported sightings in Indonesia, Australia, South America, the Bering Straight, the Arctic, and (eventually) the Atlantic Ocean. (Info from

Do you or your beans  have any rubber duckies?  Enjoy Ernie of Sesame Street singing "Rubber Ducky" in the clip below.  Happy Rubber Ducky Day!

If you can't see this on here then go to YouTube here.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Goodbye Daphne

Sometimes our pets are only with us for a very short amount of time but in that time they will become our heart.  

Daphne was a cat like that for our animal rescue friend Chrystal.  Daphne lived a short life but did indeed know the love of Chrystal and her family.  She blossomed from a scrawny cat with many health issues into a beauty.  Unfortunately her health issues were serious and she was debilitated from a tumor in her ear. Daphne was released from her suffering while cradled with love in her mom's arms.  Please do go by to offer your condolences to Chrystal at Daily Dose of Dogs.

i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go,my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling)
i fear
no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want
no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)
and it's you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)
by e.e. cummings 

Darby Playing with her Ribbon (Mom's first official video)

If you can't see this video then go to Youtube here.

Wordless Wednesday

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Monday Mnews

Me Rosa and my catmom Mamcita

 Rosa here today.  Mom needed a break so we had to take the week off with her - no one here has figured out how to use the computer ourselves...yet! 

The holiday rush and extra work hours finally got to Mom and then we got a COLD spell and our well house pump froze  this past week leaving us with no water for a couple of days!  Not much fun feeding us on paper plates!

So today is just an assortment of news and pics of us to keep you up to date.

Joey snoopervises the road crew activity on the street.  Lots of noise and trucks going by adding an edge to the road to fill in the places where the pavement broke off.

Chica is still going strong and been busy keeping Mom on her toes!  She likes to help with the 'puter, either on her lap or on the desk.

Two Spot and his white brothers are enjoying their new scratcher/perch.  The weather has been very mild so far with temps in the 50s and 60s!  No snow even!

Our neighbor Jack has been by often to check out the voles under the bird feeder.  So far he has not caught anything but it is not from lack of trying!

Everyone else is doing fine.  Mom has lots of home and yard projects lined up for Pop this month like adding more insulation over our cat house and getting the raised garden beds set up for spring.  That's seems to be all the mnews from us.  What is new with you?



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